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The Science Behind Phobias.
Transcript of The Science Behind Phobias.
What Causes a Phobia?
Typically phobias are caused by a traumatic event that has caused a fear that you just can't get over. These events can be as little as jumping off a slide and breaking your arm which lead to you being afraid of heights.
How Science ties into it?
Located behind the brain’s cerebral cortex, the insular cortex is the center of the limbic system, which processes emotions, detecting and interpreting stimuli and then sending out responses we interpret as emotion. Studies have linked the insula directly with anxiety, meaning that the insula may have a significant part of how phobias are developed.
The Different Types of Phobias
Arachnophobia: the fear of spiders.
Mysophobia: the fear of germs also known as germophobia.
Cynophobia: the fear of dogs
Claustrophobia: the fear of closed or small spaces
How Many People Suffer From Phobias
It is estimated that up to 8.7% of americans suffer from phobias.
How do people with phobias live day to day?
People with phobias usually avoid the object, place, or thing that causes them fear, and when they encounter the thing that causes them fear they can have panic attacks, faint, cry, and other reactions.